In order to accommodate varied Sleeper sizes the grab features sliding jaws mounted on steel rollers.

Two hydraulic cylinders on each side of the device move the jaws and this movement is synchronized to ensure that the load is always balanced.

Each cylinder is fitted with an over-center check valve to
protect against hydraulic hose failure or leakage within the connections to the host machine.

Replaceable urethane-coated pads are fitted to the contact faces of the jaws and to the support frame. These durable pads allow the grab to exert a high grip force on the sleepers without risk of damage to
the concrete surfaces.

A steel plate below the sleeper ends further secures the sleepers in the event of inadequate pressure from the host machine.

Sleeper handler for mechanics
  • 20,000 kg capacity & wide jaw opening
  • Custom made rotor adapter head to suit any host machine
  • Fitted with pressure reducing and over-centre valves
  • Replaceable Urethane pads protect sleepers from damage
  • Weight (typical) :- 3400 kg
  • WLL (Safe Working Load) :- 8500 kg
  • Grip Force per Jaw :- 105.5 kN
  • Urethane Pad Depth :- 100mm
  • Max. Jaw Opening :- 1075 mm
  • Min. Sleeper Length :- 2390 mm
  • Rotator Capacity :- 20,000 kg
  • Jaw Travel (per side) :- 300 mm
  • Overall Height (typ. adapter head) :- 2418 mm
  • Overall Width :- 1800 mm
  • Overall Length (jaws closed) :- 2750mm
  • Max. Hyd. Pressure :- 300 Bar
  • Min. Hyd. Pressure :- 90 Bar


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Sleeper Handler for construction industry
Sleeper Handler for automated industry


  • Adapter heads include two perpendicular hinges to ensure that the Sleeper Handler hangs freely below the boom of the host machine.
  • Cylinders are rated for 210 Bar service pressure. The lower system pressure set by the pressure reducing valve (140 Bar) helps to minimise wear on seals.
  • Replaceable urethane pads on all contact surfaces protect sleepers from damage. The pads which rest on the top of the sleepers can be raised or lowered to accommodate different sleeper depths.
  • Synchronising mechanism ensures both jaws open and close together to maintain the balance of the device at all times.
  • Wide jaw opening makes it easy for the operator to grab and release sleepers and minimses risk of striking sleepers.